HONR 2010H Epidemics: Germs and Their Power over Humanity

(B) Bachelors
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
(UDEN) Farquhar - Dean's Office
3 credits

Microscopic germs have continually devastated the human population for much of recorded history. Epidemic diseases such as bubonic plague, smallpox, and tuberculosis have not only caused the death of nearly a billion people, they have also done more to alter the course of human history than any government, person, or battle. Empires have fallen, wars have been decided, city design has been revolutionized, and human interaction has forever changed due to these tiny parasites. This course will systematically review the ten most deadly and influential epidemics and examine their cause, spread, and long-term social, historical, and political effects on humanity. This course satisfies general education requirement in Biology. Prerequisite: Honors students only. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2014 (201520))

Learning Outcomes

    To complete this course successfully, students must:
  1. Describe underlying biological mechanisms by which germs cause disease
  2. Explain major historical implications of the worst epidemics in human history
  3. Discuss how epidemics have affected human social interaction
  4. Explain technological advancements that have resulted from humanity’s fight against germs
  5. Research other epidemics and describe their effects on humanity in both written and presentation form.
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